Portfolio Committee on Health adopts ‘new’ NHI Bill

The National Health Insurance Bill has reached its final stages before it will finally be signed into law after the Portfolio Committee on Health last night considered and adopted the so-called B-Bill reflecting all the proposed amendments and comments to the legislation.

According to a Parliamentary media release, the committee will today (26 May) consider and adopt the NHI Bill Committee report.

The Bill still needs to be passed by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) before it proceeds through the final parliamentary processes for implementation.

However, despite the Portfolio Committee’s assurances that the new Bill reflects all the proposed amendments, it appears as if not much was changed from the original version, leaving it open to legal challenges. Both the DA and the Freedom Front Plus have earlier indicated that they would fight the Bill if left unchanged while trade union, Solidarity said last night that it will certainly challenge the legislation.

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